Apartments for sale, Milano, Italy
Price: € 4 000 000
Area: 208 .00 m 2 / 2 238 ft 2
The apartment is located in the heart of Milano on of the historical streets of the city (Alesandro Maconi str.) in the Boromeo Palace – owned by the prestige family Boromeo. A part of the palace was given to two cardinals – Federigo and Carlo, the latest was also named as a saint. Members of the family are still living in the castle nowadays.
The apartment is with a build up area of 208 sq. m. and is located on the top floor. It consists of a entry hallway, two hallways with 6-meter high domes, a small central hall and a balcony. On the left hand side there is a small room. A corridor divides the apartment from the Manconi street and the inner part into 3 bedroom and 2 bathrooms.
This building, the result of various stages of construction, was completed in the 19th century. The late Neoclassical façade was designed by Gerolamo Arganini (1820-1825) for Marquis Febo d'Adda, and it was later extended during the course of the 19th century. The front façade, with wide, horizontal lines, presents a rusticated ashlar strip alternating with regularly-positioned windows, while those of the first floor have alternately triangular and curving pediments. The plan is organized around three interior courtyards.
The Borromeo family
The Borromeo family originated from San Miniato in Tuscany but were forced to leave central Italy (1370) when they were exiled, and Filippo, who in 1367 had lead the town's uprising against Florence, was condemned to death.
Once they had moved to north Italy, thanks to the various branches of the family, and to its real estate and equity interests in the banks of central-north Italy, the Borromeo family were soon present on all the most important European financial markets.
Milano (or Milan) is either Italy's second or first city, depending on who you ask. While Rome may be the administrative capital, Milan is the country's financial powerhouse, the home of Italy's stock exchange, at the heartland of the wealthy and productive north.
In some ways, Milan has more in common with Paris or London than with other Italian cities. It's a business-like city with a work-hard, play-hard ethos. Rome may be the capital and the seat of government, but Milan is the business heart of Italy, the place where deals are made.
The city has always been important, occupied by successive powers, and like most important cities it has been rebuilt many times. Consequently it lacks the medieval informal charm of other Italian towns, and is sometimes overlooked as a holiday destination.
But in fact Milan has a lot to offer the visitor. The city is vibrant and has many sights of interest, as well as being a good jumping-off place for other North Italy destinations, such as Lake Como and the Alps. It's a good spot to spend a city break or a long weekend, or as the starting point for a two-centre holiday.
Milan's designer clothes and furnishings are a major attraction for many fashion-conscious tourists, but not all Milan's pleasures are expensive. Sitting outside a cafe by the fantastic Duomo and admiring the well-dressed world go by, or indulging in a spot of window-shopping is enjoyable and rather more affordable. In Milan's museums and galleries are some great works of art, while more simple pleasures include climbing up to the Duomo's roof and enjoying the tranquillity and the view over the city to the mountains. The Brera and the Navigli (canal) districts are both appealing for evening strolls.
Things to see and do in Milan
One of the main tourist
attractions of Milan is the Duomo, or cathedral of Milan is Italy's largest Gothic structure. Its fascinating and intricate architecture overwhelms visitors to the city. Initiated in the 14th Century it wasn't actually completed until the mid-nineteenth Century. Its sheer size and complexity makes it one of the mightiest Gothic buildings ever created with space for up to 40 000 worshippers inside its structure. Although on most days it's tranquil and provides a perfect interlude from the noisy streets of Milan. The things to see and do at this church is take an elevator ride to the roof of the Duomo where you gaze out through a forest of marble pinnacles.
The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele is another of Milan's tourist attractions for many reasons. It's architecture dating from the 19th Century in the form of its glass-topped roof must have inspired many modern-day architects, its shops and galleries are ideal places to people watch as the Milanese go about their daily lives and it's also home to the famous Scala Opera house that was recently re-opened. A thing to do in Milan is to attend an opera at the celebrated venue.
The Pinacoteca di Brera is another of one of Milan's big tourist attractions. It houses important works by the likes of Raphael, Piero della Francesca's Madonna with Saints and Angels, and the moving Dead Christ by Mantegna. This painting is one of the Rennaisance's finest paintings finding an unsuspecting passion and sublimeness in representing the Passions sadest moment.
In the nearby streets, close to the Pinacoteca, you'll find a less visited tourist attraction of Milan. Its Latin quarter is made up of narrow streets lined with boutiques, craft shops, cafes, restaurants and music clubs. A long time hunt of artists and musicians it's like a Milanese version of Greenwich village. Another area to explore on foot is the Navigli District a romantic neighbourhood in the southern part of the city whose canals are lined with fashionable boutiques and shops.
But, probably the most famous of the tourist attractions of Milan is Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper housed at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Thanks to recent best-selling books its enjoying even greater attention in recent years for visiting tourists to Milan. It certainly lives up to its reputation of one of the things to see while visiting Milan. It's dramatic confusion and mathematical order underline its mystery with the skillful and unobtrusive repetition of threes in the windows, grouping of figures and in their placement.
The Castello Sforzesco is another things to see in Milan. A tourist attraction that sheds light on Milan's most famous son and probably Milan's most important of the cities history. Francesco Sforza, the fourth duke of Milan typified the mercenary spirit of the warriors during the Rennaissance period. A time when Italy's great soldiers were hired mercenaries and Francesco was considered one of the greatest and most honest. The castle boasts works attributed to both Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
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